Did you ever stop to think what makes it possible for you to have immediate, free access to Department of Energy (DOE) scientific findings from billions of dollars of annual research? A lot of behind-the-scenes work and dedication of an entire community make it all possible.
The heart and soul of this endeavor is the DOE Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP), a collaboration to ensure your access to DOE research and development results. The DOE Office of Science provides overall leadership and policy direction of the STIP program consistent with the DOE mission and legal requirements. The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) coordinates the Department-wide STI program across DOE programs, field offices, national laboratories, and contractors to disseminate and preserve the Department’s scientific and technical information (STI) for your use. And, OSTI maintains state-of-the-art information management systems, databases, national and international web portals to provide you immediate, easy access to publicly available information.
In total, about 50 designated representatives from the DOE Headquarters Program Offices, National Laboratories and Technology Centers, and Field Offices work together with OSTI’s staff to collect, review, release and provide you access to the outcomes of DOE-sponsored research. Through STIP, you are made aware of emerging technologies and amazing research made possible through DOE’s preeminent user facilities. You always have access to this information in OSTI’s new Scitech Connect database. This month, as they do every year, the STIP representatives will convene to participate in the annual STIP Working Meeting. The agenda for this meeting will include focused discussions on recent developments in public access–again with you in mind. The STIP community is continually working for you at meetings like this, in teleconferences, in working groups and by one-on-one throughout the work day, year after year, to make it all possible.